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DIY: Healthy and Natural Deodorant Recipe

March 29, 2013

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Natural deodorant without antiperspirant can seem a little scary if you’ve never tried it, or if you’re new to using natural ingredients in your self care routine. But there’s a reason why so many people are swapping their commercial antiperspirants for natural deodorant.

Research shows that aluminum-based ingredients as well as other chemicals in commercial antiperspirants have been linked to certain major diseases. Antiperspirants are also made to prevent our bodies from sweating, a natural and normal function of the skin. Sweating is the body’s way of releasing toxins—if we don’t sweat, we’re not letting our body go through its natural detoxification process. 

Natural deodorant might not keep you from perspiring, but that’s ok! Believe it or not, what causes body odor is not sweat; it’s bacteria. Fortunately, there are many natural options with ingredients that will keep you smelling fresh and help eliminate odor-causing germs.

A really simple and effective way to replace your antiperspirant is to make your own healthy deodorant.

DYI Healthy Deodorant

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons of shea butter
  • Essential oils (optional)

Directions:

  1. Melt your coconut oil and shea butter over medium heat until barely melted.
  2. Remove from heat and add baking soda and corn starch.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add essential oils. A few drops of lavender or peppermint oil will give your deodorant a pleasant scent. If you prefer unscented deodorant, just skip this step.
  5. Transfer to a glass container. Refrigeration is not necessary.
  6. Just remember, you can always adjust the amount of each ingredient or add or eliminate whatever you feel may not be working for you. Arrowroot is another popular ingredient found in many natural deodorants.

If you’d ready to switch to a natural deodorant, but don’t feel up to making your own, that’s fine, too. You can buy ready-to-use natural deodorants that are healthy and effective. Tom’s of Maine and Soapwalla are two natural brands with deodorant products that you might want to try.

Have you ever made your own natural deodorant?